Updated and expanded review with comments from SLC Anime
Terror in Resonance / Zankyou no Terror
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Psychological, Drama, Thriller, Terrorists with a twist
First aired: Summer 2014, 11 episodes
Summary: Two terrorists are attacking Tokyo, and the only hint to the identity of the culprits are videos uploaded to the internet. The police are trying their best to solve the riddles that the terrorists place before them via internet videos, but there is always some sort of twist to the riddle.
There is always something going on in this anime. It is exciting from the beginning of the first episode, and the thrills keep going throughout the series. There is back story thrown in for most of the characters, which gives the anime more depth and gives the viewer more desire to continue watching. There is character development and an in-depth storyline that also keeps the viewer interested.
You might enjoy this if: You are looking for an edge of your seat thriller.
You might not like it if: You want to watch something more calm and down to earth.
Note to the Viewer: If you like it when English speakers speak with a heavy Japanese accent, you will love this anime.
EXPANDED REVIEW: WARNING, MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS!
Positive aspects included the animation, the soundtrack, the story, the ending, the characters, and others that are escaping my mind right now. The animation had a feeling of realism to it, making it feel like it really was Tokyo. The same goes for the characters. Their looks were subtle, their hair was a normal color with normal style. The soundtrack received positive reviews, with several people mentioning that they listened to the opening and closing credits of every episode (where we all know that is not usually the case). The group appreciated how the story developed and had a clear ending. It was a dark and depressing ending, but it fit.
The lack of strong female characters was a negative aspect of the show. The main girl had a lot of flaws, but it was the way the anime was written. She was supposed to be weak and fragile, constantly making mistakes. Another negative aspect was the poor English during the airport episode. The Americans had strong Australian accents, and the girl that was supposed to be the intelligent mastermind spoke with a strong accent, indicating a poor grasp on the English language.
One last comment on the series was that while many anime have a 24 episode season that has a lot of filler and could have been condensed into 12 episodes, Terror in Resonance was constantly progressing the storyline and did not have down time. If anything, the anime could have stretched out a few additional episodes for development purposes.